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Updated Mar 21, 2021

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3.0
46%
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60%
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Forest Laboratories CEO Brent Saunders
Brent Saunders
10 Ratings
Pros
  • "Well established company with very good benefits; Well organized and training relatively straight forward(in 14 reviews)

  • "Flexibility in schedule/work life balance(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Poor inexperienced managers who do to much micro-managing(in 7 reviews)

  • "Too many sales reps in one territory(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Fun company

      Feb 19, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Focused on pipeline execution and patient improvement

      Cons

      Location in Jersey City can be good or bad

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Bla

      Mar 21, 2021 - Sales Representative in Miami, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      At least you get a paycheck

      Cons

      Promotions are based on political BS

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Your manager can make or break you.

      Jan 7, 2009 - Territory Representative in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They have a great product pipeline. Good benefits as well. Lexapro is the best SSRI out on the market. As a sales rep I hear very little about side effects from this medication. Representatives have a large budget which helps to a certain degree with gaining access to some offices that usually do not see reps. Coffee and treats some times goes a long way in gaining access to those tough to see offices. This is not true all the time, but it is good to have that option as a representative. I hope that Forest products soon to be launched will be as successful as Lexapro and Namenda...

      Cons

      Too many managers managing the sales reps. Each POD member has a different manager which leads to confusion amongst the reps because each manager has a different style/personality/approach as to there expectations of there rep. Some managers are more laid back and others are not. Forest as well as some other Pharmaceutical companies are heavy on managing your time in the field. There expectations are high on call activity (signatures and calls per day). This necessarily is not a bad thing. The calls are documented by computer but managers often ask reps to create there own reports to turn in weekly. As a representative I do more paperwork and which leads to less time actually selling the product.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Time for Change

      Sep 27, 2008 - Rep in Portland, OR
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Forest has a pretty good benefits package. They used to have a really good pipeline of drugs that were going to be heading to the market. Howard Solomon the President of the company is well respected in the company. He is getting old though. There is a lot of upward mobility in the company. Pretty consistent and fair in regards to meetings. Forest Pharmaceuticals is a smaller, midsize company that tries to keep that mentality. Willing to look at different compensation, benefits that would serve their employess. Overall, decent place to go to work everyday. Industry is getting a little harder.

      Cons

      Management is too young. They grew too fast and promoted great reps during great growth periods that don't know how to manage in a time that is not favorable. Can't seem to make decisions. They are too afraid of lawsuits that they don't make any decisions at all. HR listens, but really doesn't seem to make any decisions either. Forest needs to get some managers that have more experience. Also, need to get some new drugs that aren't in a class with all of generics. Very unrealistic in regards to competing in a generic market. Get rid of the dead weight.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great people to work with. Open communication, supportive teams, no walls between departments or colleagues.

      Dec 12, 2013 - Project Lead in Jersey City, NJ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great culture of sharing knowledge and being supportive to your colleagues. Unlike giant pharma companies you are not going to be pigeon-holed into very limited function. You will learn a lot and fast from your co-workers. Flexible working hours, work-from-home available for some. A lot of freedom to manage your own projects. Management is very hands-off and does not breath down your neck. Pay and bonus packages are better than average.

      Cons

      Top-heavy. Too much management that makes no decisions or simply twirls thumbs. A lot of wheel-spinning from Senior directors and VPs. Management consists of large number of corporate bureaucrats. They are insecure in their abilities or value to the Co. and thus surround themselves with subservient yes-men.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Senior Clinical Reserach Associate

      Apr 21, 2015 - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It is a joy to work with the experienced group of permanent and contract Clinical Research Associates (monitors) on CNS and other pharmaceutical studies. Willingness to help out in order to keep projects on time and on budget, wealth of knowledge and expertise to draw from among fellow employees. Attention to detail and determination to do things correctly and well.

      Cons

      New management that took over in 2011 was more interested in quantity rather than quality of work accomplished and had a "my way or the highway" mentality.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Sales- Hospital

      Aug 16, 2016 - Institutional Sales Representative in Flo, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Well established company with very good benefits; Well organized and training relatively straight forward. My management was highly qualified for said position and treated us in a professional manner.

      Cons

      Company is geared toward primary care so some may find it stifling in a hospital or specialty setting; As such, reps were required to share rooms at meetings which I found to be questionable from an hr standpoint in this day and age.

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      You either love it or hate it, depending on who your boss is.

      Aug 12, 2014 - Field Base Sam 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good bonus opps Great benefits Growth opps (if you are basically preselected by higher ups)

      Cons

      Each Managment team has different styles, very competitive always competing and hiding good sales strategies...I get you want to win but the company offers bonuses if we all come out on top

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Very professional, but tight lipped

      Feb 27, 2010 -  in Earth City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Al my colleagues were hardworking. Everyone was willing to take time to help others. Almost everyone was friendly and courteous at all times.

      Cons

      People were protective of their knowledge. There was a culture of fear, in that people didn't want to speak the truth, and would couch negative things in positive terms. There needs to be more of the "we win together" mentality. Probably this is due to lack of trust at the highest levels.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Love the Job, Managers need to get a mind of their own, stop being puppets

      May 4, 2012 - Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work if you are looking to work hard and advance your career.

      Cons

      You can advance your career as long as you do EVERYthing your manager says. You lose the ability to think for yourself.

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